I’m concerned about the VP debate.
I saw Bill Kristol on the Fox All-Stars the night after Sarah’s maiden speech (if I may put it like that). He was already formulating this column in his remarks there. Weekly Standard has done a good job of positioning itself a little right of center but if this column and those comments are any indication, the journal may well begin leaning even farther right as the campaign proceeds.
I might even subscribe again (I was a charter subscriber, back in the day).
That's something we haven't seen much of in DC. That is also part of Palin that drives the left nuts. It's the same with Rush, and why the RINOs are so embarassed to be near conservatism.
“if Palin holds her own against Biden, as she is fully capable of doing? McCain will then have succeeded in combining with his own huge advantage in experience and judgment, a politician of great promise in his vice presidential slot who will make Joe Biden look like a tiresome relic”
Kristol nails it here. Governor Palin is a fresh face, and she her unscripted performance on Friday was a game-changer.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the Left instinctively knows what the rest of us do:
She hit it out of the park.
I am not as concerned as some about the VP debate. The pressure, in my opinion, will be on Biden since he will have to walk a fine line. I was living in Philadelphia when he was first elected to the senate so I have watched him for all of his senate career. His nickname, Jabberin’ Joe, is well earned. After watching a lot of video of her making presentations as well as her acceptance on Friday in Dayton she will be well prepared and ready for him. Biden is a relic of times past. As Mike Huckeby stated on Fox News last night “any governor faces more challenges in a year than most senators face in a career. Being a senator means endless committee meetings, listening to your colleages drone on and on. Plus only working 147 days a year”. Behind those eyeglasses is a talented person who will be more than able to hold her own. I just wish she was debating Obama.
This will get ugly before it is over.
I'm hopeful because it seems the Palin family has spent its time "living" life, not stroking their "egos".
Unlike Washington lifers that succumb to their weaknesses.
What unsettles liberals is that sexist (by nature) conservatives are rallied and energized by a female candidate. This does not fit their view of conservatives (and of themselves).
Hillary is now old hat.
"One liberal commentator--a former U.S. ambassador and not normally an unabashed vulgarian--licked his chops Friday afternoon: "To steal an old adage of former Secretary of State James Baker . . . putting Sarah Palin into a debate with Joe Biden is going to be like throwing Howdy Doody into a knife fight!"
I'm not too worried about Sarah more than holding her own - the big ??? is whether the format is truly balanced and whether the questioners/moderator keep it like a typical VP debate (in which Sarah Palin will shine), or will the cooperate with the Demagogues in turning it into some exam/trivia contest about foreign policy minutia that Biden would be much more likely to know. On the major issues, I think SP will be fine, and she has a far more appealing presence -- plus Biden will have to tread very carefully to not piss off a lot of people if he goes into the kind of heavy-handed attacks that the Demagogues love to do.
But I can certainly imagine that there may be foreign policy minutia that she will not know and will not have time to bone up on in 4 weeks. Personally, I don't care a bit whether or not she can recite any details of the SALT-II talks, etc. but I can easily imagine that with Biden the 'Rats and MSM will try to turn the whole debate in that direction.
McCain showed a lot of courage in choosing Sarah Plain. Obviously she has solid conservative credentials. Pro-lifers and Evangelicals will come out to vote for her based on her record. And Palin has more executive expereience then Obama and Biden combinded. Its only logical that Palin will help McCain pull in more of the women vote. Including Independents and even ticked off Hillary voters. Those are the pluses.
Any downside to choosing Palin will come from her daily behavior on the campaign trail and how the liberal media portrays her in the news. Also, Palin’s performance in the VP debate will be under a bright spotlight.
Overall, a good choice by McCain. How it plays out is anyones guess.
Biden IS one of the “good ole boys” network. He is also a relic. Hope he starts looking for some good lines to plagiarize soon. He is going to need it.
If she is really what the accounts say she is, I will vote for the ticket after all. I was prepared to walk away.
I used up all my popcorn during the democRat convention. I think I better re-stock.
My comment is this,
Make sure everyone tapes it, it will be historical.
Sarah could skin a moose with a leatherman, she can haul fish onto the deck of a fishing boat in the most dangerous of Alaskan seas, she knows which end of a rifle the bullet comes out of and does it to bring home food for the family, not for sport or photo ops.
Palin is tougher (and better looking) than Chaney. Her only con is that she has shot a lot of caribou, but has never bagged a lawyer. Is Joe Biden a lawyer?
When you’ve been fighting the “good ole boy” insider club of your own party, fighting “Bidet” should just be an invigorating wash.
I think she will do fine.
On another note, my son and his girl friend went to the Dayton event. He's independent; from talking to her, I would suspect she is a democrat. She wanted to vote for a women - that meant Hilliary.
Walking out of the Wright State arena my son said he was stunned and knew he was going to vote Republican; and then he heard his girl friend say “I'm going to vote for her”; that made him realized the significance of what had just happened!
I was EXTREMELY moved by the sleeping baby being held by one of her daughters behind her. I was choking back the tears.
How this culture can be so anti-child is just so sad.